One of the most important (and sometimes the most challenging) things to decide when planning a trip to the Dolomites is where to stay.
On a map, the Dolomites may not look all that large. But the narrow winding roads and multiple mountain passes make it slow going when driving through the Dolomites. It can take as much as two hours to drive from place to place in the Dolomites.
If you will be in the Dolomites for three or more days, it’s best to stay in two different locations, to minimize the amount of time you spend on the roads, and to maximize your time in the mountains.
In this guide, we cover the best places to stay in the Dolomites: not only the best locations, but also the best hotels, B&B’s, wellness centers, and budget accommodations.
This guide works well with our Dolomites itinerary, which lists itinerary ideas from one to ten days, with recommended hotel locations for each day (it will open in a new browser tab so you can easily refer back to this guide).
Where to Stay in the Dolomites: Our Top Tips
Before listing hotels and lodges in the Dolomites, here are a few important things to know.
Choosing where to stay in the Dolomites depends on several factors: how many days you plan to spend in the Dolomites, where you plan to go, and what hikes you plan to do.
The Dolomites are roughly divided into two sections: the eastern Dolomites and the western Dolomites.
In the eastern Dolomites you will find Cortina d’Ampezzo, Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Lago di Braies, Lago di Misurina, the Cinque Torri, Croda da Lago and Lago Federa, and Selva di Cadore.
In the western Dolomites you will find Val Gardena, the Puez-Odle Nature Park, Alpe di Siusi, Val di Funes, Marmolada, Seceda, and the Sciliar-Catinaccio Nature Park.
If your visit to the Dolomites will be one or two days, pick one location and explore the Dolomites from here. First, I recommend picking out which hikes you want to do and which sights you want to see and then pick your location/hotel based on where these are located. If you are having trouble deciding, Cortina d’Ampezzo is a great town to stay in, since there is a lot you can do from here. Alta Badia is another good pick since it is centrally located in the Dolomites.
If you plan to visit the Dolomites for at least three days, consider staying in at least two different locations (in the eastern Dolomites and in the western Dolomites). It can be a hassle packing and unpacking, but it takes so long to drive through the Dolomites that switching locations can minimize your travel time.
On the map below, I highlighted these two regions and labeled a few of the most popular towns and things to do, so you get a basic idea of where things are located.
For more tips on visiting the Dolomites, check out our article How to Plan a Trip to the Dolomites.
Dolomites map | Where to Stay in the Dolomites
How Much Does it Cost to Stay in the Dolomites?
During peak season, based on a double occupancy room with two people, a 2-star hotel will range from $50 to $150 USD per night, a 3-star hotel will range from $150 to $275 per night, a 4-star hotel will range from $275 to $400 per night, and a 5-star hotel will start at $400 per night.
These are just rough estimates. If you are making you reservations late (within three months of your visit), prices can be higher than this, as hotel occupancy begins to fill up.
Rooms such as suites, deluxe rooms, and apartments can cost significantly more than the prices listed above, depending on the property, location, and time of year.
How Far in Advance Should You Make Your Reservation?
If you plan to visit the Dolomites during the peak season, which is June through mid-September, we recommend making your reservations at least three months in advance, although 5 to 6 months is even better.
If you wait too long, you will have limited choices and may end up spending more to get a decent hotel.
Where to Stay in the Dolomites: By Location
There is a long list of locations and towns in the Dolomites. To simplify things, we are only listing those locations that are rather centrally located within the Dolomites. It’s only worth staying on the outskirts (Dobbiaco, Braies, Val di Funes, Carezza, Castelrotto, and Bolzano) if you have a lot of time (7 or more days) or really want to get away from the busier towns. But for those with less than a week, we recommend the locations listed below.
Note: In this guide, budget hotel are 2-star properties, mid-range hotels are 3-star properties, upscale hotels are 4-star properties, and luxury hotels are 5-star properties.
Cortina d’Ampezzo is a large town with a long list of hotels and restaurants, making this one of the best places to stay in the Dolomites.
From here, it’s easy to get to many of the top hikes and places to visit in the Dolomites. For those on a quick trip to the Dolomites, Cortina d’Ampezzo is one of top recommendations for location.
Places to Go Near Cortina d’Ampezzo:
- Tre Cime di Lavaredo
- Cadini di Misurina
- Lago di Sorapis
- Lago di Braies
- Cinque Torri
- Rifugios Nuvolau and Averau
- Falzarego Pass
- Croda da Lago Circuit and Lago Federa
- Cable Car to Cima Tofana
Pros: lots of hotels to choose from, making it great for all budgets; excellent location near many of the top trails and places to go in the Dolomites; easy to get to with public transportation; many highly rated restaurants, including a few with Michelin stars
Cons: Lacks the charm of some small towns
Our Experience: We stayed here for a portion of our most recent trip to the Dolomites. It truly is a great location from which to explore the eastern Dolomites. We loved hiking during the day and going out to dinner at night, sometimes just walking to the restaurant.
Cortina d’Ampezzo from the Cima Tofana cable car | Where to Stay in the Dolomites
Best Hotels Cortina d’Ampezzo
LUXURY: Grand Hotel Savoia. This beautiful 5-star hotel has a great location in town. From here, you can walk to the grocery store, the shops, and a long list of restaurants. It has a wellness center, indoor pool, outdoor summer bar, and a restaurant. The breakfast is excellent. We stayed here on our most recent visit.
Grand Hotel Savoia | Where to Stay in the Dolomites
View from the Grand Hotel Savoia | Where to Stay in the Dolomites
UPSCALE: Hotel de LEN. This 4-star hotel is also located in town, just a short walk from the shops and restaurants. It is one of the highest rated hotels in Cortina d’Ampezzo. Rooms can accommodate two to four people.
MID-RANGE: Dolomiti Lodge Alverà. This beautiful lodge is located just outside of Cortina d’Ampezzo. Rooms are beautifully decorated and some have a balcony with mountain view. This is a great pick if you want to stay in a highly rated property with a beautiful setting just outside of town.
MID-RANGE: Cristallo & Faloria Suite Apartments. This property is located just outside of town, but it gets fantastic reviews, is pet friendly, and comes with a kitchenette, dining area, and small living area.
MID-RANGE: Ristorante Rifugio Ospitale. This rifugio originally came up on our search as a great place to have dinner. But it is also one of the highest rated properties on Booking.com. It is located north of Cortina d’Ampezzo, so you won’t be near town, but there is an onsite restaurant, parking will be a breeze, and it will be easy to get around the Dolomites by car from here. For families, there is a nice sized quadruple room that can accommodate four people.
MID-RANGE: Hotel Villa Alpina. This is a beautiful 3-star hotel that is located just outside of Cortina d’Ampezzo. This chalet has several room types that can accommodate two people, some with views of the mountains.
Hotel Villa Alpina | Where to Stay in the Dolomites
BUDGET: Hotel Meuble Oasi. This two-star hotel is located in town. Rooms can accommodate two to four people and onsite parking is free.
Selva di Val Gardena
Selva di Val Gardena and Ortisei (mentioned next) are two towns in the Val Gardena region of the Dolomites. This area is rather centrally located within the western Dolomites.
Selva di Val Gardena is well connected by public transportation and a great home base for exploring this side of the Dolomites. It has a long list of hotels and restaurants, similar to Cortina d’Ampezzo.
Places to Go Near Selva di Val Gardena:
Pros: One of the most picturesque towns in the Dolomites; lots of hotels and restaurants to choose from; the Puez-Odle Altopiano hike starts and ends here; easy to get here using public transportation
Cons: Can be expensive
Our Experience: We stayed here on the second half of our trip, on our most recent visit to the Dolomites. We loved it here. This is a beautiful town that is tucked away in a valley. With its chalets, restaurants, and beautiful setting, Selva di Val Gardena is one of the best towns in the Dolomites to make your home base.
If we had to pick a favorite between Cortina d’Ampezzo and Selva di Val Gardena, that’s a tough one. Selva di Val Gardena has a slightly better setting and is more charming than Cortina, but I think there is more to do from Cortina, particularly if it’s your first visit to the Dolomites.
Selva di Val Gardena | Where to Stay in the Dolomites
Best Hotels in Selva di Val Gardena
LUXURY: Granbaita Dolomites. This modern 5-star hotel is the ultimate splurge in Selva di Val Gardena. It is located in the center of town, so it is easy to walk to many restaurants. There is an onsite wellness center with an indoor and outdoor pool. The breakfast is one of the best we have ever had and everything at this hotel is top-notch, from the overall decor to the large suites and the impeccable service.
Granbaita Dolomites | Where to Stay in the Dolomites
Granbaita Dolomites | Where to Stay in the Dolomites
UPSCALE: Hotel Freina. We didn’t stay here but we did have dinner twice and it was excellent. Rooms have an alpine décor with a private bathroom and seating area. Some rooms have mountain views. For families, take a look at the suites, which have two bedrooms and can accommodate up to five people.
UPSCALE: Hotel Tyrol. This hotel and spa has a great location in town, just a short distance away from the main road that runs through Selva di Val Gardena. Onsite is a gym, Turkish bath, indoor pool, and spa treatments are available on request.
MID-RANGE: Garni Crepaz. This 3-star hotel gets exceptional reviews. It is located in Selva di Val Gardena and prior guests rave about the location, value for money, and the staff. There is a family room with balcony that can accommodate up to four people.
MID-RANGE: Hotel Armin. Rooms are decorated in an alpine style and can accommodate from two to four people. Included with your stay is the wellness center, Turkish bath, and sauna.
MID-RANGE: Garni Hotel Miara. This 3-star property is located just outside of town. Rooms can accommodate two people and come with a balcony and washing machine. Children are not allowed.
BUDGET: Garni Martlhof. This budget hotel is located just outside of town but parking is free and available onsite. Prior guests love the views for the room, the value for the money, and friendly staff.
Ortisei is just a short drive north of Selva di Val Gardena. It also makes a great home base for exploring the western Dolomites. Ortisei feels like a larger town and lacks the charm of Selva di Val Gardena, but it is well connected by public transportation and it can be easier to find budget accommodations here.
Places to Go Near Ortisei:
- Puez-Odle Altopiano hike
- Passo Pordoi and the Sella Pass
- Piz Boè
- Alpe di Siusi
- Val di Funes
Pros: Many hotels and restaurants to choose from; can be cheaper than Selva di Val Gardena; easy to get here using public transportation; the cable car to Seceda is located here
Cons: Lacks the charm of Selva di Val Gardena; closer to Val di Funes and Alpe di Siusi than Selva di Val Gardena
The cable car to Seceda is located in Ortisei | Where to Stay in the Dolomites
Best Hotels in Ortisei
LUXURY: Hotel Gardena Grödnerhof. This gorgeous hotel gets exceptional reviews. Onsite is a highly rated restaurant, an indoor swimming pool, and a sauna. Rooms range from classic double rooms to suites to two-bedroom apartments.
UPSCALE: La Cort My Dollhouse. This 4-star, adults only property is located a short drive from Ortisei, but it gets fantastic reviews. It’s a great option for those who want a great location but not necessarily stay in a busy town. It has an amazing infinity pool, three saunas, and a small fitness room.
MID-RANGE: Boutique Hotel Planlim. At this boutique hotel, all rooms come with a balcony with mountain view, private bathroom, desk, and flat screen TV. Parking is free on there is an onsite sauna. Rooms are modernly decorated and families should check out the Family Studio room.
MID-RANGE: Residence Hotel Fever. Located near the town center, this modern hotel has double rooms and one- and two-bedroom apartments. For families, there are several apartments with multiple bedrooms and a kitchen with seating area. Rooms are spacious and prior guests give this property exceptional reviews, particularly for the location, the facilities, and the WiFi.
Residence Hotel Fever | Where to Stay in the Dolomites
BUDGET: Albergo Somont. This 2-star property is located between Ortisei and Selva di Val Gardena. Take your pick between single and double rooms.
Located in South Tyrol, Alta Badia is rather centrally located within the Dolomites.
For those on a quick visit, this is a great location to consider. You will have relatively quick travel times to the more centrally located hikes and things to do, but a longer drive to get to the fringes of the Dolomites (Lago di Braies, Alpe di Siusi, and Tre Cime di Lavaredo).
In Alta Badia, there are several small towns, such as Badia, Corvara, and La Val, that have hotels and restaurants.
Places to Go Near Alta Badia:
- Gardena Pass
- Passo Pordoi
- Sella Pass
- Sass Pordoi and Piz Boè
- Puez-Odle Altopiano
- Lagazuoi & the Falzarego Pass
- Cinque Torri
- Rifugios Averau and Nuvolau
Pros: Central location; towns are smaller and less touristy than others on this list; tends to be cheaper
Cons: More challenging to get to using public transportation; fewer hotel and restaurant options
The Sella Pass is just a short drive from Alta Badia. This photo, with a view of the Sella Pass, was taken on the Puez-Odle Altopiano hike. | Where to Stay in the Dolomites
Best Hotels in Alta Badia
LUXURY: Hotel La Perla: The Leading Hotels of the World. This 5-star hotel is located in Corvara in Badia, near the Dolomiti Superski resort. Most rooms have a private balcony with a mountain view. During some times of the year, the hotel can only be booked for stays of at least 6 nights, so keep this in mind during your hotel search.
UPSCALE: Surega – Idyllic Farmhouse. This ultra-modern chalet is located in Surega, just to the east of La Villa and Corvara. Rooms range from double rooms with apartments with a balcony. This is a beautiful property, inside and out, and it gets almost perfect reviews on Booking.com.
UPSCALE: Hotel Cristallo – Wellness Mountain Living. We stayed at a Hotel Cristallo property in Chamonix, France and had a wonderful experience. This hotel gets fantastic reviews. Rooms are mix of modern and alpine design. Onsite is a wellness center, sauna, and indoor and outdoor pool.
MID-RANGE: Sport Tony. This alpine lodge is worth considering for those who like the idea of staying in a boutique hotel with a lot of character. Families will love the two-bedroom apartment and there are also double rooms and one-bedroom apartments, for those who don’t need as much space. Prior guests LOVE this property, especially the overall vibe and the fantastic location.
Sport Tony | Where to Stay in the Dolomites
MID-RANGE: Lüch Picedac. This property offers small apartments with a full kitchen that can accommodate up to four people. It is a relatively new property and gets near perfect reviews.
BUDGET: Residence Ciasa Vedla. Located on a beautiful lake near Badia, this two-star hotel is a great pick for families. Take your pick from one and two-bedroom apartments that can accommodate up to four people. Apartments have a kitchen, washing machine, and some have views of the lake.
Residence Ciasa Vedla | Where to Stay in the Dolomites
BUDGET: Garni Raetia. Located in Corvara, this 2-star hotel has rooms that can accommodate two and three people. Prior guests rave about the location, cleanliness, and the value for money.
Selva di Cadore
This very small town is located in the eastern Dolomites. However, it is more centrally located than Cortina d’Ampezzo, so on a quick visit, this is a great location, because you can visit both the eastern and western Dolomites without doing a ton of driving.
We stayed here on our very first visit to the Dolomites, hiking Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Lagazuoi to the Falzarego Pass, and the Puez-Odle Altopiano.
Places to Go Near Selva di Cadore:
- Lagazuoi & the Falzarego Pass
- Cinque Torri
- Rifugios Averau and Nuvolau
- Passo Giau
- Croda da Lago Circuit & Lago Federa
Pros: Somewhat centrally located so you can visit the eastern and western Dolomites; good option if you want a small town experience
Cons: Harder to get to using public transportation; since it is more centrally located, it will be a longer driver to places on the outskirts of the Dolomites, such as Lago di Braies and Alpe di Siusi; fewer hotel and restaurant options since it is a small town
Selva di Cadore | Where to Stay in the Dolomites
Best Hotels in Selva di Cadore
MID-RANGE: Hotel Garni la Stua. This is the top-reviewed 3-star hotel in Selva di Cadore. Rooms have alpine décor and can accommodate two to four people.
BUDGET: Hotel B&B Lorenzini Ski. This budget hotel is located just outside of Selva di Cadore. Rooms have a private bathroom and can accommodate from one to four people.
More Notable Hotels in the Dolomites
Here are a few more highly rated properties in the Dolomites. These range from incredible boutique hotels to highly rated properties that offer something over and above some of the other hotels in this guide.
LAGO DI BRAIES: Skyview Chalets. If you like the idea of staying lakeside at Lago di Braies, check out this ultra-modern property. Rooms feature a kitchenette with dining area and seating area. This is a great pick for couples and those on their honeymoon. Children are not allowed.
LAGO DI MISURINA: Chalet Alpenrose. The modern-style chalet sits on Lago di Misurina, one of the prettiest lakes in the Dolomites. It’s an awesome pick for families and those traveling as a small group, with apartments that can accommodate up to 7 people. From here, it is easy to get to Tre Cime di Lavaredo, the Cadini di Misurina viewpoint, Lago di Braies, and Lago di Sorapis.
VAL DI FASSA: Olympic SPA Hotel – Adults Only. This 4-star hotel has a wellness center, free parking, and a restaurant. This is a great location for exploring the southern side of the Dolomites.
VAL DI FUNES: Panoramic Residence Schopplhof. Located in Santa Maddalena, this small property has rooms with a view of the Odle/Geisler group. This is a great pick for those who want to stay in a quieter area of the Dolomites but still start and end day with spectacular views. All rooms are apartments, making this a nice choice for families.
Val di Funes | Where to Stay in the Dolomites
Where to Stay in the Dolomites: On a Map
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Where to Stay in the Dolomites: Our Recommendations
Best Location in the Dolomites
If you have only one or two days, Cortina d’Ampezzo is our #1 choice, since it is easy to get to, easy to get around from here, and you have quite a long list of things to choose from. Alta Badia is another great pick, since it is centrally located.
If you have three or more days, then split your time between the eastern and western Dolomites. Stay in Cortina d’Ampezzo and Selva di Val Gardena or Ortisei.
If you have one week or longer, stay in two or more locations. You could add on a hotel in a third location, staying in Lago di Braies, in Val di Funes, or Alpe di Siusi.
WHAT WE DID: On our most recent visit to the Dolomites, we stayed in both Cortina d’Ampezzo and Selva di Val Gardena. It worked very well and would do it again on a future visit to the Dolomites. We had nine days and we split our time between the two towns. I don’t feel like we missed out on anything by not staying in a third location like Val di Funes or Lago di Braies (which are on the outskirts of the Dolomites). Having a more central location gave us more flexibility to plan what we wanted to do day by day based on the weather and our energy levels.
Best Hotels in the Dolomites for Mid-Range Travelers
Dolomiti Lodge Alverà is a beautiful hotel located just outside of Cortina d’Ampezzo, Garni Crepaz is one of the highest rated hotels in Selva di Val Gardena, and both Sport Tony and Lüch Picedac in Alta Badia look amazing.
Best Hotels in the Dolomites for Budget Travelers
Hotel Meuble Oasi in Cortina d’Ampezzo has a great location and offers onsite parking, Residence Ciasa Vedla is a 2-star property that is located on a lake in Alta Badia, and in that same area Garni Raetia gets rave reviews.
Best Upscale and Luxury Hotels
The Grand Hotel Savoia in Cortina d’Ampezzo and Granbaita Dolomites in Selva di Val Gardena are our top picks for luxury hotels in the Dolomites. Other options to consider are Hotel La Perla in Alta Badia, Hotel Cristallo in Alta Badia, Hotel Freina in Selva di Val Gardena, and the Skyview Chalets at Lago di Braies.
Best Hotels in the Dolomites for Families
Residence Ciasa Vedla in Alta Badia is a lakeside hotel with apartments that come equipped with a kitchen and washing machine.
Residence Hotel Fever in Ortisei has spacious apartments with a full kitchen.
Sport Tony in Alta Badia has a very cool vibe and offers two-bedroom apartments.
If you have any questions about where to stay in the Dolomites, let us know in the comment section below.
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